These days entry-level speakers are getting better and better, the Dali Spektor 2 is a perfect example. A pair of budget bookshelf speakers that could provide its users with plenty of value and sonic performance without breaking the bank. If you are a proud owner of the Dali Spektor 2 stand-mounters and are on a search for the best amplifier to partner with these wonderful speakers, then look no further and just continue reading on.
We are also fortunate that there are plenty of talented budget amplifiers we can go for but which ones are best suited to match with the Dali Spektor 2? To find out we must first learn more about the sonic characteristics of the Spektor 2 and with that knowledge, we can then start listing out the best amplifiers to pair with this pair of bookshelf speakers.
Sonic Characteristics and Limitations of Dali Spektor 2
For a budget speaker, the Dali Spektor 2 sure doesn’t look like one. These are very presentable-looking bookshelf speakers and will look even better with matching speaker stands such as the Dali Connect E-600. We do prefer the speaker grille to be taken off though as it can show off the 1″ (25mm) soft textile dome tweeter and the 5.25″ (130mm) wood fibre cone woofer which adds texture to the speaker’s visual design. There is a small rear-firing bass port which seems okay for us to place the Dali Spektor 2 speakers nearer to the back wall.
The Dali Spektor 2 with the Dali Connect E-600 stands will look great beside most modern amplifiers and will sit well in almost any home interior. The frequency range of the Dali Spektor 2 is really impressive for a compact size stand-mounter which is between 54Hz-26kHz. The speaker sensitivity will be a bummer though, it is at 84.5dB, this is really low and with the nominal impedance of 6 Ohms, these specs strongly indicate the Spektor 2 speakers are not easy to drive. The recommended amplifier power of 25-100 Watts further proves the point, and we should get amplifiers that have decent power output.
These expressive compact speakers really know how to handle dynamics, a knack for delivering an entertaining music presentation is exemplary. The moment the music starts playing, you can hear and feel the energy that the Dali Spektor 2 speakers are trying to convey. We fell in love with the natural-sounding vocals, it has a nice timbre and intricacies which just sounded beautiful to us. Really unexpected to get such lovely vocal reproductions from a pair of entry-level bookshelf speakers.
The stereo imaging has accuracy with nice resolution and good separation that fills the soundstage with lively energy. The Dali Spektor 2 speakers have amazing agility and composure, always able to provide us an entertaining music experience without breaking apart. Their bass performance is good and can reach quite deep, it is taut as well but lacks the weight and authority. This also affects the scale of the sound and could not deliver to us a sense of musical presence. Still, their articulate and expressive music presentation helped us to forget these limitations and we just simply enjoy listening to them sing.
Dali Spektor 2 will be an excellent speaker choice in a home theater system but will require a powered subwoofer to supplement the bass. Turning up the volume, you don’t feel your ears cringe and the sound quality is not overly bright. The neutral sound character and smooth treble do make it easier for the Dali Spektor 2 bookshelf speakers to match with most amplifiers. They do have a few flaws but at this price point, we are just nitpicking. We have acquired the important information and data we need, it is time for us to start listing out the best amplifier that you can go for and match them with the Dali Spektor 2 stand-mounters.
Dali Spektor 2 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-Way (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 1″ (25mm) soft textile dome tweeter, 5.25″ (130mm) wood fibre cone woofer
- Frequency Range (+/-3 dB): 54Hz–26kHz
- Recommended Amplifier Power: 25-100 Watts
- Nominal Impedance: 6 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83v/1m): 84.5dB
- Dimensions (H x W x D): 292mm x 170mm x 238mm | 11.5″ x 6.7″ x 9.4″
- Weight: 4.2kg (9.3lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Dali Spektor 2
The Yamaha A-S301 is an integrated amplifier that focuses on accuracy and transparency, providing you with plenty of music details. The energetic performance of the Dali Spektor 2 contributes the liveliness and enthusiasm into the music presentation which makes them match really well with the A-S301. The amplifier power output of 70 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms is more than enough to drive the Spektor 2 speakers. The full-bodied music delivery of the Yamaha A-S301 works really well with the Dali Spektor 2 speakers too. Definitely worth your while to have an audition with them.
The Marantz PM6007 is another musical-sounding amplifier that will match well with your Dali Spektor 2 stand-mounters. It will even be more ideal if you are looking for an integrated amplifier with warm-sounding sonic characteristics. The entry-level PM6007 has that smooth and fluid sound reproduction which has a pleasing sound quality to it, allowing us to listen to our favorite music for a long period of time without feeling listener fatigue. The fuller-sounding music delivery also complements the Dali Spektor 2 well and in return, the Marantz PM6007 gets an energetic musical performance from the speakers.
The Denon PMA-600NE is a versatile integrated amplifier that is loaded with features and at this price point, it is one of the best budget amplifiers to pair with the Dali Spektor 2 loudspeakers. It has a power output of 70 Watts per channel into 4 Ohms and has a subwoofer output where you can connect to an active subwoofer to get a significant improvement in bass performance. There is also a built-in DAC, Phono EQ, Bluetooth connectivity, and more. The Denon PMA-600NE neutral sound character and smooth sound reproduction with a warmish midrange will match well with the Dali Spektor 2.
The Cambridge Audio CXA61 is one of the best amplifiers to go with your Dali Spektor 2. The enthusiastic sonic presentation of the CXA61 paired with the lively Dali Spektor 2 speakers will produce an exciting music listening experience. If a punchy and dynamic sound reproduction is what you want then the Cambridge Audio CXA61 integrated amplifier will be the one for you. We will recommend adding an active subwoofer so to fully utilize the energetic performance of the amplifier. It is an entertaining solid performer but can be too bright sounding for some listeners and so we suggest hearing them out first.
If you require 4K UHD video processing capability but still prefer a stereo setup then the Denon DRA-800H will be a terrific choice for you. The rated power output of 120 Watts per channel into 6 Ohms is more than enough to drive the Dali Spektor 2 speakers with ease. You can also connect up to two active subwoofers so as to provide a thrilling home movie experience with deep rumbling bass reproduction, these subs will also be supplementing the bass performance of the Dali Spektor 2 bookshelf speakers. You can also stream your favorite music using WiFi, Bluetooth, or Apple AirPlay 2.
For a warmer-sounding stereo receiver with 4K video processing capability, the Marantz NR1200 will be an excellent choice. It is a receiver that is tuned by the Marantz sound masters so to bring out as much musicality you can get from the NR1200. An AV receiver will probably be a better choice when it comes to exhilarating home theater performance and immersive movie experience. You can have a look at Marantz SR5015 which is capable of processing the latest 8K UHD video signals, providing you with crisp and incredibly beautiful cinematic visuals. It also uses one of the best room correction technology Audyssey MultEQ XT so to auto-calibrate and optimize your Dali Spektor 2 to sound their best in any listening room.
To Sum It Up
The Dali Spektor 2 is a versatile speaker which will perform well in both music and home theater settings. The recommended amplifiers and receivers are some of the very best, and all of them are worthy of your time to check out. You might want to shortlist a few that suits your preference and budget, from there arrange an audition and hear them out with your own ears. You can also do a side-by-side comparison as it does help you to easily determine which amplifiers sound the best to you.